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"An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest"

Cabhair Education Consultancy is a company set up by former primary school principals; Denis Courtney and Pat Clifford who have in excess of 36 years’ experience in education and 20 years’ experience of leading school communities.

The company’s aim is to provide support, guidance and advice to management and staff within the school community. This assistance is based on supporting teachers to navigate an increasingly demanding range of leadership and management challenges. The central tenet of our intervention is to enhance well-being, reduce workload and stress, increase productivity and build capacity.

Denis Courtney

Denis Courtney

Educational Consultant
Pat Clifford

Pat Clifford

Educational Consultant

About us

  • Primary Principals each with 20 + years experience in leadership roles
  • Masters in Educational Management
  • Higher Diploma in Special Education
  • Current Hibernia College Lecturer
  • Post Graduate Diploma in School Leadership Tutor
  • Current Mary Immaculate College Tutors
  • Qualified Mediator (MII) Member of INTO Mediation Panel.
  • Fully Qualified and experienced PST member
  • Member of Board of Directors in Tralee Education Centre
  • Qualified Coach (EMCC)

Please get in touch

If you need any more information about the services we provide, and, how our combined experience can help you, please get in touch.


  • Feedback from a newly appointed AP11 Post Holder

    I am very thankful that I took the time to email Cabhair Consultancy and ask for support for my AP11 interview in November 2022. Their expertise in interview techniques and their knowledge of the LAOS document is second to none. During the consultation, they gave me some reflective tasks which really helped me link my leadership skills with the LAOS document. Pat and Denis instilled a confidence in me to excel in the interview and to believe in myself as a leader in all aspects of my teaching and learning.  They took the time to study the AP11 duties which were advertised in my school and they assisted me on how best to answer questions in relation to these new roles as both a teacher and a new up and coming leader.  I will be forever grateful to Cabhair Consultancy for sharing their knowledge and expertise with me and guiding me through the AP11 interview process. Gillian (Special School Teacher, Cork)

  • Tomás (DEIS Primary School Cork City)

    Cabhair Consultancy (Pat Clifford/Denis Courtney) offered invaluable knowledge, experience and support as they prepared me for the AP interviews in my school. I know with certainty that I would not have been successful without them. They helped me focus my prep work and gave great advice and constructive feedback when we went through some practice questions. Denis and Pat’s friendly manner and positive attitude throughout removed any fear or panic I might have felt in the run-up to the interviews had I been doing it alone. I would highly recommend Cabhair Consultancy to anyone who is preparing for any interviews. Tomás (DEIS Primary School Cork City)
  • Éadaoin, Cork City Primary School

    Pat and Denis, (Cabhair Consultancy) thank you for the invaluable knowledge, experience and support you offered me throughout my AP interview preparation. I know with certainty that I would not have been successful without you. Usually, the thought of interviews fills me with fear and panic, but your positive attitude and friendly manner kept me calm and confident. You pushed me to hone in on my skills and to have more confidence in myself and in how much I could offer. Going through practice questions and getting the great advice and constructive feedback really helped with the nerves as well. Thanks again to both of you. I’ll hopefully be back for DP prep in the future! Éadaoin, Cork City Primary School
  • Primary School Teacher, North Kerry. 

    Highly recommended Cabhair Consultancy. I contacted them about interview preparation for an AP Post. Their friendly, relaxed, relatable manner meant I immediately felt at ease and it didn't matter that I hadn't done an interview in sixteen years! They were a wealth of information, covered dozens of topics in depth and I learned valuable tips and insights on the interview process too. I honestly couldn't have done the interview without them. I felt well prepared, knowledgeable and confident after preparing with them. 10/10.
  • APII Post Candidate  West Limerick 

    Denis's experience, knowledge and expertise were a game changer and really helped me to realise my own strengths, abilities and talents and present them at interview level. The mock interview provided me with the tools, guidance, support and feedback that I needed in order to compete. I would highly recommend Denis. Thank you for all your support.

    APII Post Candidate  West Limerick 
  • Grace, Kildare.

    Really appreciate the support and confidence that Denis gave me going into my interview for an AP1 position. I contacted Denis for professional advice and pointers when interviewing. He was more than helpful, going through sample questions, answers and possible scenarios that may arise during the interview. Denis was easy to communicate with, answering calls and e-mails promptly. Denis' experience and expertise was invaluable to me. Thanks again Denis, much appreciated.
    Grace, Kildare.
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